Taking the Stage

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Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut St., Asheville
Honky Tonk Angels
August 5–21
A country music trio is born when three women from different backgrounds meet on the bus to Nashville. This musical comedy features 30 country classics, including “Stand By Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 p.m.;
$12-$22; (828) 254-1320; www.ashevilletheatre.org

Haywood arts Regional theatre
250 Pigeon St., Waynesville
Hay Fever
August 19-28
When the dysfunctional and eccentric Bliss family invites guests to their country house for the weekend, the visitors expect a glamorous stay. Instead, they become tangled in the family’s web of outlandish behavior. Noel Coward’s comedy of errors offers plenty of laughs. Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m.; $18, $16 seniors, $8 students; (828) 456-6322;
www.harttheatre.com

John W. Bardo fine & performing arts center
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
I Hate Hamlet
October 5-8
Paul Rudnick’s dramatic comedy follows popular television actor Andrew Rally as he confronts issues ranging from his chaste girlfriend to the cancellation of his show to the ghost of John Barrymore. Rally’s dilemmas reach a peak when he is forced to choose between playing the role of Hamlet and a promising new television deal. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; $20, $16 seniors, $7 students; (828) 227-2479;
www.wcu.edu/bardoartscenter

N.C. Stage Company
15 Stage Ln., Asheville
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
August 24-September 25
A transsexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the United States telling her life story along the way, including how she wound up here in this raucous play written by John Cameron Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask. (828) 239-0263; www.ncstage.org